PUBLISHED: 08:30 11 February 2018
“It’s important for our firefighters to understand the skills, training and equipment of other emergency services so we can all work together to prevent loss of lives in our area. By the end of the visit, we had all gained valuable insight about saving lives at sea,” said Dan Searle, of Devon and Somerset Fire Service.
Exmouth Lifeboat Sstation Mechanic, Andy Stott, talking to firefighters about the capabilities of the Shannon class lifeboat in the engine space. Picture by Devon and Somerset Fire Service.
A recent collaboration between Exmouth lifeboat crew and firefighters aimed to save lives at sea.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s newest wholetime firefighters visited Exmouth lifeboat station, on January 23, to gain better understanding about the roles of RNLI volunteers and their lifesaving equipment.
Volunteers and staff gave informative talks on the station’s lifeboats and their launching systems.
Firefighters also learned about virtual reality goggles used at events to highlight the dangers from factors causing road traffic collisions and cold water shock.
Dan Searle, of Devon and Somerset Fire Service, said: “We appreciated the time volunteers gave up to talk to us about various aspects of their lifesaving kit, the importance of teamwork, technical competence as well as search and rescue.
“It’s important for our firefighters to understand the skills, training and equipment of other emergency services so we can all work together to prevent loss of lives in our area.”